Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s

baby shower

Respect Life Mother’s
Day Baby Shower

At all masses on May 9th and 10th, the Respect Life Committee will be sponsoring the parish’s annual “Baby Shower” for expectant mothers in crisis pregnancies.

We will be collecting diapers, baby clothing, maternity clothing, blankets, and monetary donations.  Please bring only new items and make any checks payable to “St. Peter The Apostle Parish.”

All items and monies will be donated to local crisis pregnancy centers.  These centers offer invaluable counseling services and resources to expectant mothers in need.  Every year, our parish is able to make a tremendous contribution to these young families.

Please note that diapers (any sizes) are ALWAYS in need and monetary contributions will go a long way in helping those in need.



MOMS Group
Spring Clothing Swap

It’s that time again! As you switch out the winter clothes for summer ones, please take some time to weed out those gently used clothes you no longer need.

We will be collecting gently worn maternity and children’s clothing in the parish center on May 8th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

On Saturday May 9th come to the Parish Center and “shop” for free from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You do not need to donate any clothes in order to shop.

Please feel free to contact Megan Tankard for any questions at


Donations Needed for
Summer Mission Trips

This July 19-25, twenty high school students along with Fr. Matthew, Mrs. Dawn Rivas, Sean and Christine (Ng) Hickey, and Paul and Linda Kazenecki will be participating in three separate mission trips. The sites are “Toppa Joppa” with the Glenmary Missions in Northern Tennessee, “Nazareth Farm” a Catholic faith based service program in West Virginia and a local “Work Week” here at the Archdiocesan Youth Center.

Our largest expense is the transportation cost, which requires renting two vehicles and the cost of gas. Thank you very much for your faithful and support in previous and in advance for your support again this year. Any donations would be made to St. Peter the Apostle with the attention to the Mission Trip. If you have any questions please contact Fr. Matthew.



Food Pantry

The Parish food pantry had a busy Easter Season and is in need of non-perishable food items, especially:

• Breakfast Food
• Rice
• Pasta sauces
• Beans
• Condiments

The Food Pantry Ministry thanks you for your continued support. Look for the Food Pantry Update in next week’s bulletin.

The Food Pantry has been opened for more than one year now.  We average 20 families each week, from our Parish, other congregations in River Edge. We have helped families in New Milford, Bergenfield, Paramus, Emerson, Lodi, Palisade Park, and Hackensack. The Food Pantry Ministry has grown to 12 members assisting in a variety of ways, from shopping and stocking to handing out groceries.

The success of this new Ministry is due to the enormous generosity of our parishioners, who donate food, money. and gift cards to help our fellow neighbors. We are also grateful to the other congregations in River Edge who have helped donate food and money supporting the Food Pantry. First Congregational Church has held numerous food drives to support the pantry. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and the Faith Formation Candidates have also been very supportive and helpful. They also hold food drives to support the pantry.

We have been approached by The River Edge Girl Scout Troop 160 to expand the Food Pantry. They are currently raising money to remodel another room next to the pantry. They will be painting, adding shelves, a freezer. refrigerator and completely stocking this room for our parishioners and fellow neighbors.

This will enable the food pantry to offer our parishioner’s and residents the opportunity for assistance in perishable foods, which has become a necessity.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or would like to assist please contact Carl Fazio at 201-803-3329.

Thank You for your continued help.
The Food Pantry Ministry


Sharing God’s Blessings
Annual Appeal

Thousands of people in the four counties served by the Archdiocese of Newark are assisted each year through various programs and ministries funded by the Appeal, including Parishes, Catholic Education, Seminarian Education & Formation, Priest Retirement and Health Care Costs, Catholic Charities, Campus Ministry and Youth Ministry.

Our parish also benefits by receiving a rebate from the appeal if it exceeds its goal.

See firsthand the impact that YOUR gift makes and submit your pledge online!



Parish Goal:  $91,970
Pledges: $10,640 (12% of Goal)
Participation: 2% (40 of 1900 parish families)



The Ushers Ministry
Needs Your Help

Please consider joining the Ministry of the Ushers here at St. Peters. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to be connected to your Parish Family. The commitment would be to make your self available at mass just once a month. This is open to men and women in the Parish.

You would be joining this ministry with the current ushers we have in place to assist at different masses. For further information please contact Keith Humphrey at 551-486-0337.



Faith Formation
New Parent Meeting

Faith Formation News:
Attention parents of children entering 1st grade in September 2015:

There will be a new parent meeting on Monday, May 11 at 7pm in the Parish Center. You will receive a registration form to enroll your child in faith formation classes.

Please RSVP by calling the office at 201-265-6019 or by email at  We look forward to journeying in faith together.


Faith Formation Classes:
2015-16 Registration Info

Register your child(ren) for the
GIFT Program by May 15th.


Register your child(ren) for the
Traditional Program by May 15th.



Rosary Society Annual
Communion Breakfast

Sunday, May 31

The Rosary Society Annual Communion Breakfast will be held on Sunday May 31st.  We will attend the 8:00 a.m. mass followed immediately by breakfast at the Maywood Inn Twin Door Tavern.

The guest speaker will be Rev. Tom Blind, parochial vicar of St. Catherine’s in Glen Rock, NJ.

Cost: $20.00 per person.  Please make checks payable to St. Peter’s Rosary Society and return to the rectory or bring to the April 20th meeting.

As always, please invite a friend to join you for the communion breakfast.


Schedule of First Eucharist
Celebrations at Mass

Seventy-two of our parish children will be celebrating the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time on:

Sun., April 26: 11:00 and 12:30 Masses
Sun., May 3: 11:00 and 12:30 Masses
Sat., May 9: 5:30 p.m. Mass
Sun., May 10: 9:30 Mass (with baptisms) and at the 11:00 Mass

We ask you to help us welcome these children to the table of the Lord.



Join St. Peter’s on an
Exciting Summer Trip

Baltimore & Annapolis, Maryland
July 10-12, 2015
Includes tours of the Naval Academy, Historic Baltimore and Harborplace, Annapolis and the Naval Academy,  Ft. McHenry and harbor cruise.
Motorcoach transportation, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners including Philips Restaurant.
$390 per person (double occupancy)

Price includes all taxes and tips. For more information contact Bob Setzer 201-712-9272 or Mary Sabino 201-906-8675.


Pilgrim Statue
of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through June 28, 2015.



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A Prayer for the Family
Music by Vincent McHale
Arranged by Jim Gregory
Performed by St. Peter’s Adult & Children’s Choirs

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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Outside St. Peter’s

May 3: Open House at St. Peter's Prep

Open House at Saint Peter’s Prep
Saint Peter’s Preparatory School will be holding its Spring Open House on Sunday, May 3, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the school’s campus in historic downtown Jersey City.  Faculty and staff as well as coaches, students and parents, will be present to answer questions about the school, and tours of the campus will be provided.  Founded in 1872, Saint Peter’s Prep is an independent, college preparatory school for boys and it remains New Jersey’s only Jesuit high school.  For more information on the Spring Open House, please call 201-547-6389.

May 6: Mass for the Unborn

The Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph’s Council #3814, will be presenting a “Mass for the Unborn,” on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Oradell. This blessed event welcomes all to attend, especially expectant mothers in preparation for Mother’s Day, and to celebrate the sanctity of life. Among the celebrants will be the participation of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree Color Guard Corp.

May 9: The Joy of the Gospel

The Benedictine Center invites you to The Joy of the Gospel on Saturday, May 9 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The retreat day is open to all (weekend retreat May 8-10 is for women only) at Benedictine Center, Elizabeth, NJ. This retreat will include an overview of Pope Francis’ recent exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel with reflection on various selections. $35 for Saturday with lunch included. $135 for the weekend. Call 908-353-3028.

May 14: Bergen Catholic Open House

Bergen Catholic High School, founded and staffed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, invites all fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys and their parents to an OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, May 14, 2015.  A welcome reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the main presentation following at 7:00 p.m. Bergen Catholic is located at 1040 Oradell Avenue in Oradell, NJ.  Please call 201-634-4151 or check our website at, if you have any questions.

July 6-12: Monastic Live-In

Looking for peace and balance in your life? Benedictine Sisters at Saint Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth, NJ, invite Catholic women over 18 to live, work and pray with the monastic community for a week Sunday, July 5 to Sunday, July 12. $200 for the week. For information, registration, call Sr. Marita at 908-353-3028.

Principals Sought

The Archdiocese of Newark is seeking qualified Catholic educators to apply for K-12 principal positions.  If interested, send resume and three letters of reference to

For additional information go to:  Catholic Schools NJ

Needed: Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients.

If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact:

Rev. David Armstrong
Director, Pastoral Care
Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601


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